Totò principe di Danimarca. Leo de Berardinis. 1990. Leo. © photo by Tommaso La Pera. Published in Claudio Meldolesi, 'La terza vita di Leo. Gli ultimi vent'anni del teatro di Leo de Berardinis a Bologna', Titivillus, Pisa, 2010.
Totò principe di Danimarca. Leo de Berardinis. 1990. Leo. © photo by Tommaso La Pera. Published in Claudio Meldolesi, 'La terza vita di Leo. Gli ultimi vent'anni del teatro di Leo de Berardinis a Bologna', Titivillus, Pisa, 2010.

Totò Principe di Danimarca, 1990

The focus has been published in the section attachments of the No.1 of Sciami|ricerche.

Totò, principe di Danimarca (1990)

by Leo de Berardinis
direction, lighting design, stage space and soundtrack by Leo de Berardinis
translation of extracts from the Hamlet Angelo Dallagiacoma
costumes Loredana Putignani
slides Piero Casadei
with Leo de Berardinis, Elena Bucci, Bobette Levesque, Marco Manchisi, Francesca Mazza, Antonio Neiwiller, Marco Sgrosso, Paola Vandelli
technical collaboration Marco Carletti, Mauro Persichini, Maurizio Viani
Premiere Asti, Teatro Politeama (Asti Teatro 12), 5 ottobre 1990

Totò, principe di Danimarca. Presentazione

by Andrea Scappa
In 1989 Leo de Berardinis, after seeing a dreadful staging of Hamlet, decided to avenge the outraged pale prince by combining him in an original drama with Principe De Curtis. So, in that same year, a twenty-minute farce was born, stuck at the end of Leo’s play Metamorfosi. This primitive nucleus, this trailer of what would become Totò, principe di Danimarca, won the appreciation of critics and public alike, and in its final form debuted at the Asti Teatro on October 5, 1990.
The pretext of the farce is: Antonio Esposito, a penniless Neapolitan comic played by Leo, accidentally receives a letter addressed to his neighbor, the rich actor Mezzacapa, with an invitation to participate with his own staging of Hamlet in a Shakespeare festival in London. Leo-Totò doesn’t want to miss out on the lavish reward offered for the play, and along with a shabby company of actors works at a staging that will never see the light. Through the two-bit actors of this screwball troupe, which boasts of doing experimental theater but actually earns its bread and butter from doing burlesque hall entr’actes, Leo thumbs his nose affectionately at a typical aspect of the Italian theater of his time: the gigantisms of Ronconi, the highbrow inspirations as ends in themselves, the assembly line Grotowski workshops and the decline of the avant-garde.

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Poster
Totò principe di Danimarca
1990
Writings by artists and interviews
Leo de Berardinis, Totò, principe di Danimarca, programme Rome, Edizioni Publieco, 1990
Valerio Cappelli, Cade Adamo, paradiso perduto, Interview with Leo De Berardinis, «Corriere della sera», 15 November 1990
Katia Ippaso, Energia a parole. De Berardinis riscopre il classico, Interview with Leo De Berardinis, «Il Tempo», 23 November 1990
Luciano Giannini, La metamorfosi di Amleto, Interview with Leo De Berardinis, «Il Mattino», 3 November 1993
Photogallery
Photo by Tommaso Le Pera, Marco Caselli Nirmal, Piero Casadei.
All rights reserved.
Video
Totò, principe di Danimarca
by Leo De Berardinis from William Shakespeare - RAI production
part I
part II
Reviews
Osvaldo Guerrieri, Strepitoso De Berardinis. Ci fa ridere e piangere con un Amleto-varietà, «La Stampa», 7 October 1990
Aggeo Savioli, Totò alla corte del re, «l’Unità», 8 October 1990
Giovanni Raboni, Amleto parla napoletano, «Corriere della sera», 9 October 1990
Franco Quadri, Se Amleto fosse Totò, «la Repubblica», 10 October 1990
Gianni Manzella, Totò Principe di Danimarca, «il Manifesto», October 14, 1990
Paolo Lucchesini, L’altro Amleto di Leo, «La Nazione», October 14, 1990
Renzo Tian, Forse Amleto è stato un guappo napoletano, «Il Messaggero», 8 November 1990
Giovanni Antonucci, Un doppio sogno tra Totò e Amleto, «Il Tempo», 8 November 1990
Franco Cordelli, Shakespeare con girls, «l'Europeo», 9 November 1990, 45, p. 98
Ugo Ronfani, Il dilemma di Leo: essere Totò o essere Amleto, «Il Giorno», 25 November 1990
Domenico Rigotti, Totò diventa Amleto. La comicità si fa poesia, «Avvenire», 10 January 1991
Renato Palazzi, Don Totò nei panni d’Amleto, «Il sole 24 ore», 13 January 1991
Luciana Libero, Il principe delle sperimentazioni, «La Nazione», 28 October 1993
Enrico Fiore, Ed ecco «Le allegre comari di Wind…surf»!, «Il Mattino», 5 November 1993
Curator's notes
Note ai materiali by Andrea Scappa

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